What To Do When Your Home is Facing Repossession?

If you have missed several payments on your secured loan and are unable to pay back lending companies, you may be faced with a Possession Order.

Possession Orders are the final resort when a lending company seeks out the courts about your missed payments. Possession Orders may represent the final solution, but they do not necessarily mean your house is going to be taken. You are still left with a few options that may prevent your home from being repossessed.


Available Options

Even when a Possession Order is taken, your house still may not be repossessed. There are still two things that can occur:

1) The Possession Order can be suspended - If you can convince the courts that you will be able to make the payments in a reasonable time frame, the court can decide to suspend the order and give you time to save your home . Failure to make a few payments can still result in the loss of your home, even without the court's approval, but as long as you pay back the arrears, you will still be able to keep your home.

2) The Possession Order is postponed - When the court can be convinced that you will be able to pay back the loan at a future date, the courts may postpone the Possession Order until that date.

Lenders do not want to repossess your house. The lenders want to get the money they are owed instead. As such, they may be open to accepting a new payment plan in order to help you pay back your loans rather than taking your home from you. This may require a letter written by a knowledgeable individual, or it may require some serious negotiations with a lender. But lending companies understand personal difficulties, and are willing to work you with to pay back the loans if necessary.

What Happens After Your House Is Repossessed?

The sale of your house is often made hastily, causing them to be undervalued on the housing market. But the more your home sells for, the better off you will be. Therefore, once your house has been repossessed, do whatever you can to make sure it will sell at a higher bid. Ensure there are "for sale" signs listed on the property, and that there are real estate agents actively shopping your home.

Also, words like "repossessed property" should never be on the sales brochures. The home should be sold like any other for sale property, and the more you can do to make sure it is sold for its highest value, the better off you will be.

There are several case laws that protect those who have had their houses repossessed from getting less money than they deserve. If you believe your property is purposely getting less attention than it legally is supposed to be getting, there are things you can do to help.

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